Did you know that rap is huge in Turkey?
(Mmm... huge Turkey rap!)
I became aware of this fact only last night, after stumbling on a track by Ceza. Ceza is at the top of the Turkish rap game. Matter fact, it says on Wikipedia that Ceza just won an “MTV Europe Music Award” for Best Turkish Act, period.
The track I found is “Komedyenler Is Basnda.” It’s from Ceza’s 2002 CD, “Med Cezir.” To hear it streaming on my Vox site, click here.
And then ponder how freakin’ wild it is that a form of vocal expression and musical performance which 30 years ago existed only in black neighborhoods of New York City (not to mention the ’tude) has been embraced, studied and internalized by cultures all over the globe.
If you want a FREE MP3 of “Komedyenler Is Basnda,” you can download it off the MySpace page of DJ Funky C. He’s the guy who raps the middle verse in English.